Hello all, this week we have been switching up our training to get ourselves out of the general lull that follows months and months of hard training and slogging. We’ve so far completed 3 of our 36 hour rows, been in the gym training extremely hard and trying to gain the extra weight needed to complete this crossing (okay, maybe stuffing your face with extra food isn’t the worst scenario in the world but it still takes its toll on energy and training).
A close friend of ours has had a beautiful and picturesque property built in the middle of Devon; kitted out with a bench, a bar and some weights. Granted it’s not the state-of-the-art tools we are accustomed to at our David Lloyd facilities, but nevertheless, the scenery and fresh air were a welcome break to the sometimes monotonous routine needed to build 4 ocean rowers. Stored in the side pocket of a rustic farmyard barn lies the equipment used, rusty and relic looking, but carrying the necessary weight to get the blood pumping and the muscles working. We were able to get a great full session in, overlooking the green neighbouring hills of an incredible Devon landscape. It’s National Walking Month and being the dog lovers we are couldn’t resist taking Max to lap up space often not found in a big city, although half the time we were thinking who was walking who…
Back to reality and we’re happy to announce the winners of the 500m rowing split challenge held in Brighton. Lots of people took part and made a huge difference to the final sum we were able to raise for the Movember Foundation! Unfortunately, not everyone could win, so here are the lucky 10 men and women who set the fastest times:
- Joe McElligott - 01:25.50
- Tom Faith - 01:26.00
- John Eubank - 01:30.70
- Mark Williams - 01:32.80
- Josh Leigh - 01:35.00
- Pablo Palazon - 01:39.00
- Ali Sajid Waljv - 01:41.20
- Jeffroy Almeida - 01:43.80
- Recbuan Mdehtan - 01:46.30
- Samuel Calani - 01:49.00
- Kenza Medjahdi - 02:15.00
- Cornu Perrine - 02:20.50
- Adalyn Chambers - 02:22.35
- Emma Haslett - 02:25.12
- liivia Georgiadis - 02:25.34
- Hazel Mulher - 02:33.41
- Jordyn Shaw - 02:40.08
- Naya Panousi - 02:52.12
- Louise Vickery - 03:07.19
- Kitty Williamson - 03:48:00
We will be getting in contact soon and if you haven’t heard from us in the next week (Steve’s scribbles are very hard to read), then please get in contact for your prize.
For those in need of some inspiration for dinner tonight, from Dan’s Kitchen, we bring you:
Pan-Fried Sea Bream, Crushed New Potatoes and a Tomato, Black Olive & Basil Salsa
- 2 Sea Bream Fillets
- 250g New Potatoes, halved
- 2 Vine Tomatoes, chopped into ½ inch pieces
- 30g Black Olives, roughly chopped
- Handful of Basil, roughly chopped
- 1tbsp Honey
- 1tbsp Red wine vinegar
- Splash of Olive Oil
- Add halved new potatoes to a pan of boiling water, cook for 15-20 minutes until cooked.
- Put the honey, red wine vinegar & olive oil in a small bowl and whisk together with a fork.
- Add the chopped tomatoes, olives and basil to the bowl, with a pinch of salt and a grind of black pepper.
- Once the potatoes are cooked, drain in a colander and then add back to the pan. Season with salt, black pepper and a little olive oil. Lightly crush the potatoes with a fork but don’t mash. Put a lid on the pan to keep warm while the fish is cooked.
- Heat a little olive oil in a frying pan on a medium-high heat. Season the sea bream fillets with salt and black pepper. When the oil is hot cook the fish skin side down for 3 minutes, turn the fish over and cook for 2 minutes more.
- Serve immediately.
Next week we will be partnering up with our sponsor Neat Nutrition for the Sweat Fitness Festival. We will be heading down to Southsea’s Castle Field on Saturday 3rd June, entry is free and we’ll be next to the Neat Nutrition stand, rowing on machines and engaging with the public. So come down, enjoy the festivities and learn all about our adventure across the Atlantic Ocean.